Your Future in Early Childhood Education

Unveil your passion for nurturing young minds with Charleston Southern University’s Bachelor of Science in early childhood education program. Crafted to prepare candidates for the vibrant world of teaching children from prekindergarten to third grade, our dynamic curriculum promises a rich blend of academic depth and hands-on field experiences.

Distinguished by our innovative approach, students dive into classroom environments across Dorchester District 2, Charleston, and Berkeley County school districts beginning their freshman year. Through progressive practicum engagements that evolve in complexity and duration, culminating in a yearlong senior placement, our program ensures graduates emerge with unparalleled real-world insights and readiness for the diverse landscape of early childhood education.

At CSU, we perceive teaching as not merely a profession but a profound calling. Our program promotes academic excellence in a Christian environment where aspiring educators glean wisdom from seasoned professors. Rooted in a foundation of practical experiences, our graduates emerge as adept and compassionate educators poised to ignite the minds and hearts of young learners.

Join us on a transformative journey to sculpt the future generation with passion and purpose.

Resources for Future Teachers

CSU’s partners at TeachSC have free tools and resources to make applying to our program, and becoming a classroom teacher, easier. If you create a TeachSC account, you will have access to:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

To get access, sign up for TeachSC!


Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

Early Childhood Education: it's a calling

Students complete practicum experiences in most education courses with an EDUC prefix. In addition, students complete a semester-long intensive field experience in the fall.

As an Early Childhood Education major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Principles and Philosophy of Education
  • Psychology Applied to Effective Teaching
  • Introduction to Human Growth and Development
  • Observation and Assessment of the Young Child
  • Methods for Classroom Management and Effective Instruction in the Elementary School 

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Public School Elementary Educator
  • Private School Elementary Educator
Teacher And Pupils Using Wooden Shapes In Montessori School.

College of Education

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare professional educators who, guided by a strong sense of community and the integration of their faith, are academically strong, skilled and morally committed to educating in a wide range of culturally diverse learning environments. The College of Education offers a liberal arts core curriculum, professional education courses, clinical settings, content specialty courses and other extracurricular candidate experiences including Future Teachers Society, Teaching Fellows, service projects, mission programs and more.

explore our facilities

Wingo Hall

Wingo Hall houses classrooms for the humanities and education and faculty offices for the College of Education. Named for Henry C. Wingo.

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Lightsey Chapel

The chapel seats 1,500 and is a multipurpose facility equipped with a modern stage and support equipment. The Margaret Kelly Hamrick Prayer Room is located at the front of the building. Named for W. Norris and Nell Peeples Lightsey.


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